Guardians assist in reopening Haiti port

The buoy chain splashes into the water as the crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Oak set the second buoy in Port-Au-Prince Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. The buoy was set to mark safe water as ships approach the APN Main Terminal pier. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Hill.

The buoy chain splashes into the water as the crewmembers aboard CGC Oak set the second buoy in Port-Au-Prince. The buoy was set to mark safe water as ships approach the APN Main Terminal pier. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Hill.

The Coast Guard and Navy reopened Haiti’s main port to limited vessel traffic today in an effort to accelerate the arrival of critical aid – food, water, medical supplies, and emergency personnel – to Port-au-Prince as the international community continues to respond to last week’s devastating earthquake.

Guardians aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Oak – the only buoy tender on-scene – laid a second buoy in the harbor yesterday in preparation for the reopening of the Haiti port. CGC Oak has provided critical Aids to Navigation marking of the shoals leading into the harbor, ensuring the safe approach and mooring of vessels to the pier.

The crew of CGC Oak and the Coast Guard Maritime Transportation Recovery Team have worked closely with Navy Seabees and Navy divers throughout the week to provide limited vessel access to one operational pier in the port.

Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 is expected to arrive in Haiti tomorrow to better ensure safe operations of port facilities and safe delivery of humanitarian assistance as the Coast Guard and Navy continue their efforts to bring the rest of the port to full operational status.

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  1. Realtor John says:

    Thanks for all the good work done in Haiti!And thanks for post like this that gives us the latest update of rescue operation.